27-Liter Airplane Engine Powered Car – See It In Action
This is actually part of a Fifth Gear episode. It’s all about fitting an airplane engine into a car. The engine is a 27-liter V12 got from the famous Rolls-Royce Merlin airplane. The owner of this project car bought it for $5,000. Charlie who is the owner of this monstrous 1981 Rover SD1 was looking for a long-term project. He decided to challenge himself by trying to fit a 27-liter aircraft engine into a regular 1981 Rover SD1. The power output of this motor is 650 horsepower and 1,550 pound-feet of torque. The original idea standing behind the creation of this engine was to be installed into tanks. The engine was used to power the P-51 Mustang and Supermarine Spitfire World War II fighter planes.
Everything related to the engine specifications and operations are still a matter of British national security. In the end the owner of the project car had to illegally photocopy the owner’s manual of the legendary Rolls-Royce Merlin engine. Right after he had all the needed documents and information, Charlie was ready to shape the entire vehicle around it. After all the mechanical and technical stuff, the result is a home-built hypercar. The ride features a surprising performance. In the video that you are going to watch you will see the car topped 160 mph while the engine was running at 2,000RPM.
What about pushing the engine at 9,000 RPM? This thing is going to fly for real.
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Briefly we could say that this project is the best marriage of automotive and airplane components. A regular vehicle fitted with an extremely large engine – a real speed demon.